Mediation is a viable option for navigating the complexities of divorce in an amicable way. Working with a mediator also gives you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse greater control over divorce proceedings, as it mitigates the necessity for court involvement.
During your divorce, you will come face-to-face with significant family changes that may give rise to conflict between you and your spouse. You can prepare to resolve some of these sensitive issues by understanding how mediation can pave the way to a peaceful conclusion for your family.
1. Child custody
In the absence of a mutual decision between you and your spouse, the matter of child custody falls to an impartial judge to decide. While the court will rule in regard to the child’s best interests, you and your co-parent can retain decision-making power over this personal issue by allowing mediation to bring you to the best arrangement.
2. Asset division
Splitting physical and financial wealth in a divorce should always come out to an equitable division. However, each individual likely has certain belongings, or perhaps a business, that they wish to take away from the divorce. Mediation provides the opportunity to amicably give and take until both sides have what they need.
3. Placing blame
Perhaps the most sensitive issue in a divorce, which no court would ever address, is the matter of blame. Choosing to mediate is a chance to work together with your soon-to-be ex-spouse not only in solving material problems but also in navigating emotional issues. Take this opportunity to find a compromise regarding the underlying cause of your divorce so that you can maintain a functional relationship as co-parents going forward.
When you decide to use mediation in your divorce, find an understanding professional who knows how the law will apply to your unique circumstances.